Sony just launched the third in a refreshed line of e-book readers. With a seven-inch E-Ink screen and high-speed networking through the AT&T
The company is tapping into the controversial Google
But wait -- there's more! Sony is also making it easy to license e-books if your local library has physical copies of the book you want. Search, click, tap, and download a time-limited copy of Revolutionary Road to your Sony reader through the Overdrive library content network. Overdrive titles work on Apple
Convenience is king, and this combination of content sources opens up a whole new world of books for the ardent book lover on the go. There's no need to visit a library or a bookstore. It gives Sony a real competitive advantage over the Kindle, which is tethered to Amazon's own e-book catalog and forces readers to go the long way around to find Google Books or Overdrive titles. Amazon had better counter this shocker with expanded content of its own.
If I were Barnes & Noble
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